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Kanban or Scrum: What to Choose?

If Scrum is the most widely used agile methodology, then Kanban holds second place. It’s old, effective, simple, and user-friendly. Both project management methodologies deliver results, yet they come with a lot of similarities and differences. So, should you choose Kanban or Scrum? Well, it depends on what type of project you are working on. In this article at The Digital Project Manager, Ana Mayer discusses the difference between Kanban and Scrum methodologies and also explains which framework to choose.

Kanban v/s Scrum

The Differences

Kanban focuses on extensive planning and assigns various roles and responsibilities to every team member. Experts consider Kanban as the best methodology for projects with changing priorities. With Kanban, you can identify the bottlenecks of the project at earlier stages, before executing the project. It helps you visualize your work and quickly move from ‘doing’ to ‘done.’

On the contrary, Scrum works well with small teams and is ideal for teams with stable priorities. With Scrum, your team promises to ship some valuable increments of work by the end of each sprint. Further, Scrum focuses on collaboration and task completion to provide quality development work. One of the biggest disadvantages of Scrum is that bottlenecks aren’t evident unless you conduct a review.

Which Framework to Choose?

Choosing a Kanban or Scrum framework is entirely based on project requirements. When selecting a methodology, consider the following points:

  • Choose Kanban if you prefer visualization of workflow through metrics.
  • Choose Scrum if your project demands collaboration and rapid feedback.
  • Choose Kanban if you are looking for project flexibility.
  • Consider Scrum when it comes to feature development work.

Once you understand the Scrum principles, then it’s time to find a Scrum tool that serves you well. The same is applicable for Kanban. In fact, you can choose next-gen Scrum or next-gen Kanban, as both templates will evolve to complement the needs of your team. Regardless of what you select, analyze what went well, and what went poorly.

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